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Meridian Adult Services Staff
GSDC trains our professionals with the highest industry standards and latest innovations in therapy. Our paraprofessionals are also trained at this level to ensure consistency and the highest quality service possible.

Exceptional training, Exceptional staff for Extraordinary people!
Lori Jo Poole
Lori Jo Poole
Clinical Director of Adult Services
Lori Jo has worked at Gem State Developmental Center since 1999 and is currently the Clinical Supervisor at the Meridian Adult Program. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Idaho State University and a Masters in Social Work from Boise State University. She has 20-years of experience working with adults and children with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses.

She has experience working with individuals, groups and professional staff in a variety of settings. Her therapeutic experience includes: parent coaching, sexuality and social skills training, cognitive self-change, anger management, behavior modification and drug and alcohol education. She is currently the President of the Board of Idaho Families of Adults with Disabilities.

Email: lpoole@gsdcdda.com
Lilibeth Delapena
Lilibeth Delapeña
Developmental Specialist II
Lilibeth has worked at Gem State Developmental Center since 1998. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at St. Louis University in Asia. She started her career at GSDC as a Developmental Specialist I and has since been promoted to Developmental Specialist II and currently works at our Meridian Adult center.

Lilibeth is a kind, compassionate and skilled multilingual individual and has always been passionate about working with people with developmental disabilities. She takes pride in finding ways to help them improve their overall quality of life. She strongly believes in the company’s mission of providing the “highest quality of functional therapeutic services while encouraging, enhancing and challenging that individual to develop strengths and skills for a successful life.” She believes in providing individuals with tools to become contributing members of society.

Email: ldelapena@gsdcdda.com
Rodica Ghimbasanu
Rodica Ghimbasanu
Developmental Specialist
Being born in the heart of Romania, S-E of Transylvania, I worked as an elementary teacher for 22 years. I moved to US on July 2008. I was dedicated and compassionate in my job, therefore on the transition process in US, I started working as a caregiver. One year later I started a Medicaid transportation business. Working with people disabled all these years, and being interested in my professional development, I continued my education at CWI. In the same time I am a translator for Boise School District from Romanian and French.

My only relative in US is my only son, Vlad, who is 26. I love working with people, and I consider this job is suitable with my skills, experience, and knowledge.

Eu vorbesc limba romana (I speak Romanian)
Je parle francais aussi (I speak French)

Email: rghimbasanu@gsdcdda.com
Jessica Lowry
Jessica Lowry
Developmental Specialist II
Jessica has worked at Gem State Developmental Center since 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and an emphasis in Human Services from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She started at GSDC as a Developmental Technician and shortly thereafter was promoted to the level of Developmental Specialist I and then to a Developmental Specialist II.

Jessica has made many contributions to the company through her ability to successfully organize both company and client functions and activities. She also enjoys volunteering at community events which enables many of our clients to participate in activities that would otherwise be out of their reach. Most of all Jessica enjoys working with and helping people with disabilities achieve the highest level of independence possible.

Email: jlowry@gsdcdda.com
Jane Andersson
Jane Andersson
Developmental Technician
Nathan Brasley
Nathan Brasley
Developmental Technician
Diana Garcia
Diana Garcia
Developmental Technician
Yo Hablo Español
Christina Harris
Christina Harris
Developmental Technician II
Sherman Louie
Sherman Louie
Developmental Technician
Kevin McLemore
Kevin McLemore
Developmental Technician
Hannah Price
Hannah Price
Developmental Technician
Heather Simmet
Heather Simmet
Developmental Technician II
Jennifer Snethen
Jennifer Snethen
Developmental Technician